Nicholas Banovetz is a past member of the 50CAN team. 

Terrific news: on Friday, Aug. 2, the Minnesota Board of Teaching did a 180 and granted incoming Teach For America educators waivers to teach!

Leading up to this vote, local schools serving high-needs kids had never before faced such hurdles in the way of hiring talented, diverse teachers. Those schools and the community had just weeks to respond.

And the Board of Teaching heard the voices of several thousand Minnesotans, including hundreds of MinnCAN members. Public ed advocates took a stand and told the Board of Teaching that we should give principals flexibilities–not more red tape–to hire the teachers they deem best fit to serve their students.

Great teachers come from many backgrounds. And as evidenced by last Friday’s vote, public input can sway leaders to do what’s best for kids. Because every child deserves access to a highly effective teacher.


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